Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The primary goal of the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty is to prepare graduates to provide advanced nursing care to patients with complex acute, critical and chronic health conditions, including the delivery of acute care services. The AGACNP practices in any setting in which patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies, high-intensity nursing intervention or continuous nursing vigilance within the range of high-acuity care. Coursework, clinical experience and research utilization provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing roles. In order to be eligible to apply for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty, students must have one year of full-time work experience in an acute care setting. Graduates of the program are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP).

Carolyn McClerking
Director, Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP Specialty

Message from the Director

Students admitted to Ohio State's Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP specialty will have a very challenging, yet rewarding experience. Graduates of the specialty will possess the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to care for patients with complex acute and chronic illnesses.


Our Adult Gerontology Acute Nurse Practitioner specialty is based on the guidelines of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies as defined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF): 

  • Health promotion, protection of disease and treatment with particular focus on assessment and diagnosis of health status and initiating a plan of care and implementing treatment
  • Building the nurse practitioner/patient relationship 
  • Teaching/coaching function skills of the nurse practitioner
  • Professional role development
  • Managing healthcare delivery systems
  • Care in regards to cultural competency


  • Nursing 7208.01 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Skills and Practicum I

  • Nursing 7208.02 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum II

  • Nursing 7208.03 Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practicum III

Sample Curriculum

A sample curriculum for the traditional master's full-time and part-time options, as well as the graduate entry option can be found in the master's in nursing handbook. A sample curriculum for the BSN to DNP can be found in the DNP handbook



Jamie Baldridge
Jamie Baldridge, graduate

“This program has prepared me to become a nurse practitioner by expanding my clinical knowledge and critical thinking through classroom, simulation and clinical experiences. The college has enhanced my learning by providing resources such as an innovation lab, state-of-the-art simulation equipment and nationally recognized faculty.”